A Note About Iran

The following post is a copy-and-paste message from one_hoopy_frood about what is going on in Iran and why you should care. A lot of people still don’t know about everything that is happening over seas, but here’s a rough summary that should put you in the know. My heart is with the people of Iran right now. I hope we can help get you out of this mess.

If you are reading this right now, you have more luxury than someone in Iran could ever hope for right now. If you are watching TV or a video on youtube, updating your status on Facebook, Tweeting, or even texting your friend, you are lucky. If you are safe in your home, and were able to sleep last night without the sounds of screaming from the rooftops, you need to know and understand what is happening to people just like you in Iran right now.

They are not the enemy. They are a people whose election has been stolen. For the first time in a long time, a voice for change struck the youth of Iran, just as it did for many people in the United States only seven months ago. Hossein Mousavi gained the support of millions of people in Iran as a Presidential candidate. He stands for progressiveness. He supports good relations with the West, and the rest of the world. He is supported with fervor as he challenges the oppressive regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

On Friday, millions of people waited for hours in line to vote in Iran’s Presidential election. Later that night, as votes came in, Mousavi was alerted that he was winning by a two-thirds margin. Then there was a change. Suddenly, it was Ahmadinejad who had 68% of the vote – in areas which have been firmly against his political party, he overwhelmingly won. Within three hours, millions of votes were supposedly counted – the victor was Ahmadinejad. Immediately fraud was suspected – there was no way he could have won by this great a margin with such oppposition. Since then, reports have been coming in of burned ballots, or in some cases numbers being given without any being counted at all. None of this is confirmed, but what happened next seems to do the trick.

The people of Iran took the streets and rooftops. They shout “Death to the dictator” and “Allah o akbar.” They join together to protest. Peacefully. The police attack some, but they stay strong. Riots happen, and the shouting continues all night. Text messaging was disabled, as was satellite, and websites which can spread information such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and the BBC are blocked in the country. At five in the morning, Arabic speaking soldiers (the people of Iran speak Farsi) stormed a university in the capital city of Tehran. While sleeping in their dormitories, five students were killed. Others were wounded. These soldiers are thought to have been brought in by Ahmadinejad from Lebanon. Today, 192 of the university’s faculty have resigned in protest.

Mousavi requested that the government allow a peaceful rally to occur this morning – the request was denied. Many thought that it would not happen. Nevertheless, first a few thousand people showed up in the streets of Tehran. At this point, it is estimated that 1 to 2 million people were there. Mousavi spoke on the top of a car. The police stood by. For a few hours, everything was peaceful. Right now, the same cannot be said. Reports of injuries, shootings, and killings are flooding the internet. Twitter has been an invaluable source – those in Iran who still know how to access it are updating regularly with picture evidence. People are being brutally beaten. Tonight will be another night without rest for so many in Iran no older than I am. Tonight there is a Green Revolution.

For more information:
here and here
Here – near constant updates
Here – ONTD_political live post
@StopAhmadi, @ProtesterHelp

دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
“Tell the world how they have stolen our election.”

First Openly Gay Leader.

Thought I’d share this before I head off to bed. It’s a bit old, but definitely still worth mentioning.

The 66-year-old’s appointment as interim leader – until elections in May – is seen by many as a milestone for the gay and lesbian movement, correspondents say.

“I don’t think her sexual orientation matters. Our voters are pretty liberal, they don’t care about any of that,” Skuli Helgeson, Social Democratic Alliance’s general secretary, told the BBC.

From the article: “First Gay PM for Iceland Cabinet.” How awesome is this? It’s pretty awesome. The modern world’s first openly gay leader, they say. You know, the world just keeps getting brighter and brighter. It’s getting better, Universe. Don’t give up on Earth just yet. We’re finally starting to pull together.

Social Commentary.

Sometimes I think to myself, “I’d make a really good mom.” And then other days I watch a kid screaming and hitting his mother and I growl to whoever will listen, “I would rip that kid’s head off.” So maybe I wouldn’t get World’s Best Mother

That has nothing to do with why I wanted to post. Instead, I want to point you over to Eleventh Avenue South to read up on the murder case of Latiesha Green, and what conservative Radio Host Chris Baker has been saying on the topic. Because, honestly, I cannot even fathom how he could place the blame where he does. Just does not compute in my brain. What do you think of it? Is it the media’s fault for the death of gays and transgendered people because they promote open-mindedness and acceptance? Just crazy.

I have to head out to my psychiatrist now. Maybe I can get him to up my meds. I hope so – for once, I actually think that would be a good idea. Ciao.

Song of the Stars

It’s kind of cliche, you know, saying that the stars make music. Or laugh like children. Or tinkle like bells. But it never really occurred to me that they do make noise!

Team Records Music from Stars

You’ll also note that the sound of one star is very slightly different to the other. That’s because the sound they make depends on their age, size and chemical composition. The technique, called “stellar seismology”, is becoming increasingly popular among astronomers because the sounds give an indication of what is going on in the stars’ interior.

Go to the article and listen to the four audio files. Isn’t it amazing? We can actually hear the stars. We can hear our own sun. Absolutely incredible. I thought it was worth sharing. I think our sun has the prettiest song, but the cluster of stars you can listen to really made my jaw drop. They sound like horns honking on a busy street. Crazy.

So, what did you hear today?

The Stupidity of Mankind…

…Often saves us from wasting time on catching the bad guys. They just put themselves in jail. Or they just put themselves in deeper water. Ah well, they deserve it.

In July, convicted sexual molester Donald Fox, 62, of Frederick, Md., became the most recent convict to challenge the unfairness of his sentence (40 years in prison) and then have the appeals court agree it was unfair, except because it was too short (he’s now serving 80 years).

Courtesy of News of the Weird.

Here’s a question for you. What’s your favorite thing to blog about?

Inflatable Dog Poo

Okay, so I’m a couple days behind, but still.

Inflatable Feces Raises a Stink.

Seriously the funniest thing I have ever read. Can you imagine seeing that thing come rolling down the street towards you? Mwahaha. Wow.

Would you if you could?

Well isn’t this a show of power?

Inside the World’s First Billion Dollar Home.

Yeah sure, it’s his money. But holy crap is that a lot of money. A five-person family in 27 stories? His kids must play the longest games of Hide and Go Seek. Never ending. They could spend hours trying to find each other. How do they even remember what rooms there are? And the amount of money is horrendous. There has got to be a better way to spend your cash. Oh I don’t know, help clean up the town? Create parks for kids? Give back to the school systems? I mean, I don’t really know all that much about the economy in Mumbai, but that man has a gross amount of money to just splurge on a house for his wife. And that’s not a house. That’s an entire ecosystem in itself.

People are scary. Money is scary. This man splurges on a place with six stories reserved just for cars, and Ash and I can’t even afford a $600 three bedroom house to rent in small-town Ashland. Hell, it’s hard to even find a job in this place.

Sigh. Not everybody gets what they want in life. You can’t help but feel the unfairness of the world crush down on you when you read something like this.